Earlier this summer we discovered an app out of Espoo that was putting awesome use to old smartphones. BiiSafe's concept was then to help people keep their eye on their property - whether it's their home, office, or even a place like your boat, by using your old smartphone hooked up to a data plan or WIFI. Smartphones are loaded up with sensors, so you could use it to see video, take pictures regularly, or even leverage other sensors, like if the device loses its power connection or moves from its location (which sure would be useful for your boat).
At that time of writing we saw they were also working on a personal security solution, called BiiSafe Buddy, which has as of this weekend hit their IndieGoGo minimum of $35,000.
Got an old Android phone or iPhone laying around? Espoo-based security app BiiSafe allows you to take advantage of all of your old phone's sensors to use as a remote monitoring solution, sending updates to your main phone if it hears an alarm going off at your home, or if you want to be sent photo or video of what's going on in the office.
It makes a huge amount of sense considering how a smartphone gives you a near full-package of security features, like motion sensing, audio sensing, a camera, and can tell if the power is connected to the device or not. Additionally, an old Android smartphone is cheap compared to the up-front cost of installing a hardwired security system, and much more flexible. If you want a hacked together security system on your boat for the summer, you could throw a phone onboard and take advantage of all the sensing and tracking powers.